16 Sep 2021

Wireless

BTRC to hold 5G auction in December; 60MHz in 3.5GHz band awarded to Teletalk

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is planning to hold an auction for 5G spectrum in December 2021, with a 5G service launch currently slated by 2023, The Business Standard... more

Telstra unveils ‘T25’ strategy, targets 95% 5G population coverage by mid-2025

Australia’s Telstra has unveiled its ‘T25’ strategy, under which it aims to ‘deliver growth, exceptional customer experiences, and continued network and tech leadership’. Among the headline elements of the company’s... more

IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

Canada’s Videotron Business announced that it is partnering fellow Quebec-based firm X-TELIA to ‘stimulate the virtual transformation of cities, municipalities, government organisations and businesses’ in the province. X-TELIA provides LoRaWAN-based... more

TPG Telecom to conduct 5G NSA market trial

TPG Telecom (branded TPG Mobile) plans to carry out a 5G non-standalone (NSA) market trial in Singapore until the end of the year, having been given the thumbs up by... more

Vivo, Nokia testing 26GHz 5G in Rio

Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) has teamed up with Nokia to stage a 5G trial in Rio de Janeiro using 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies. According to TeleTime, the testing will take... more

T-Mobile 5G covers 25% of Poland

T-Mobile Poland now covers 25% of the country’s population with its 5G cellular network, having deployed 2,840 base stations. The operator says it is currently installing 5G technology at around... more

Broadband

Trooli signs fibre network equipment deal with Networks Centre

UK-based full fibre broadband provider Trooli has inked a three-year supply deal with network infrastructure vendor Networks Centre worth around GBP11.6 million (USD16 million), under which the latter will provide... more

Benin fibre expansion project gets USD40m Chinese loan

Benin and China have signed a USD40 million concessional loan agreement for the implementation of Benin’s High Speed Network Densification Project (Projet de Densification du Reseau Haut Debit, PDRHD). As... more

SaskTel launches Rural Broadband Partnership with rural ISPs

Canada’s SaskTel announced the launch of its Rural Broadband Partnership Programme, an initiative to partner with smaller internet providers to bring advanced broadband connectivity to underserved farms, acreages, Indigenous communities... more

Corporate/Financial

Cable & Wireless Panama agrees USD200m Claro takeover

Liberty Latin America (LLA) has announced that its 49%-owned Cable & Wireless Panama (CWP) subsidiary has agreed to acquire Claro Panama from America Movil (AM) in an all-cash transaction valued... more

APG pays USD500m for 16.7% stake in FTTH player SiFi Networks America

APG Group – acting on behalf of its Dutch pension fund clients – has signed an agreement to invest USD500 million worth of equity into New Jersey-based open access fibre-to-the-home... more

Telkom Indonesia plans Mitratel spin-off as part of wider restructuring

Telkom Indonesia plans to hold an initial public offering (IPO) for infrastructure and tower unit Dayamitra Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) in 4Q21, as part of a wider restructuring plan being considered for... more

UFINET closes NB Telecom takeover

UFINET has announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Rio de Janeiro-based NB Telecom, following the fulfilment of certain local and legal conditions. UFINET notes that NB Telecom's integration... more

MetroNet acquires Michigan-based CTS

US ISP MetroNet, which bills itself as ‘the nation’s largest independently owned, 100% fibre-optic provider’, has announced the acquisition of Southwest Michigan-based CTS, which serves Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Climax and... more